5 Garage Door Security Tips
With the nights drawing in and daylight hours reducing, the festive period is just around the corner.
Christmas is always an exciting time of year, but one way your Christmas could be ruined is by a break-in at your property.
Unfortunately, at this time of year burglaries often spike as thieves are on the lookout for valuable items inside homes.
With this in mind, it’s important that your property is as secure as possible. Often, thieves will target garage doors as a way of gaining access to the rest of a property.
If not properly maintained or installed, garage doors can leave your home vulnerable to a break-in, so it’s important that you do everything you can to mitigate any potential access points.
At Associated Garage Doors, we take pride in providing our customers with a wide range of garage door options, all of which are effective at improving security.
In this article, our team has put together five handy tips that can keep your property and its content safe during the festive season.
Lock your garage
It might seem obvious and a bit of a no-brainer, but locking your garage when it’s not in use is one of the best tips to keeping it safe and secure.
Also, remember to keep any interior doors in the garage that lead to other parts of your home locked, so even if a thief does manage to penetrate the garage, they shouldn’t be able to make further progress.
If you’re going away for a longer period of time – on holiday, for example – it might be worth investing in a padlock and clamping it to the garage door tracks for an additional layer of security.
Consider smart garage doors
Many modern garage doors come with some kind of automation system in place.
This means that they’re automatically opened either by a remote control or a smart system, such as a mobile phone app.
Often, these smart systems can send alerts and notifications directly to owners to show when a garage door is opened and closed in real time.
Smart or automated garage doors enhance security as they give the owner greater control over who has access to the garage.
If you currently have a manual door in place and you are concerned about security, it is worthwhile upgrading to an automated option.
Make sure you have good lighting
As well as making sure your physical garage door is secure, there are things you can do on the exterior of your property to deter thieves.
One of these things is to install external lighting systems.
Unsurprisingly, thieves most often operate under the cover of darkness so if you have a lighting system in place that can illuminate your property, it’s likely to make it less appealing to them.
Many of these systems will be triggered by movement, so even if a thief does approach your property, the illumination is likely to make them scarper.
Keep garages well-maintained
Over time, it’s normal for garages to suffer from some wear and tear.
However, if this minor damage is not properly addressed and rectified, it can make your garage an easy entry point for criminals.
If you’ve noticed that your garage has started making strange sounds or has become difficult to operate, it’s vital you organise repairs as quickly as possible.
Make sure access doors are secure
As previously mentioned, many garages include interior doors or access doors that lead to other areas of the home.
If a thief does manage to get into your garage, your entire property is potentially at risk if these doors are not secured.
Not only should you ensure these doors are locked, but it’s also important that they’re solid, sturdy and secured.
For more than 30 years, the team here at Associated Garage Doors has provided quality garage door solutions to customers across Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and surrounding areas in Kent.
If you’re looking to secure your property with a new garage door, contact our team today for a free quote.